"The union of Father and Son would be incomplete if their love did not beget a third entity, the Holy Spirit, which both proceeds from and returns the love of Father and Son."
On one side is the hermeneutic of continuity that seeks to implement Vatican II in fidelity to Sacred Tradition, while on the other side there is the hermeneutic of discontinuity that proclaims a “new Catholicism” has risen divorced from any adherence to the “pre-Vatican II Church.”
"Intelligent design isn't science even though it pretends to be. If you want to teach it in schools, intelligent design should be taught when religion or cultural history is taught, not science."
"[Liturgy] cannot spring from imagination, our own creativity - then it would remain just a cry in the dark or mere self affirmation." - Cardinal Ratzinger
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI was the first Roman Pontiff to take to Twitter.
Listers, SPL cannot adequately express our gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI. Much of our staff converted under his papacy. Out of those conversions, St. Peter’s List was formulated and launched and an entire lister community has been born. Our faith in him as our dear “Papa Ratzi” has never wavered and we have made great...
“Only a great love for Jesus Christ, for his Church and great humility can lead someone to take such a step.” - Havana Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino
In honor of Pope Benedict XVI's recent announcement of his resignation, we here at SPL have compiled a list of the five well documented and indisputable papal resignation in the history of the Church.
Pope Benedict XV stated that “the eminent commendations of Thomas Aquinas by the Holy See no longer permit a Catholic to doubt that he was divinely raised up that the Church might have a master whose doctrine should be followed in a special way at all times.”
With the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, we wanted to share with you part of his lasting legacy as a theologian and teacher. In the history of the popes, it is hard to find anyone as easy to read and understand.
"It is true that religion can become corrupted and hence opposed to its deepest essence, when people think they have to take God’s cause into their own hands, making God into their private property. We must be on the lookout for these distortions of the sacred."
"It is true that religion can become corrupted and hence opposed to its deepest essence, when people think they have to take God’s cause into their own hands, making God into their private property." - Pope Benedict XVI
“In concise phrases, often no longer than a verse from the Bible, profound thoughts can be communicated – as long as those taking part in the conversation do not neglect to cultivate their own inner lives.” - Pope Benedict XVI
Listers, the season of Advent is one we meet with somber anticipation and end with the glorious joy of Christmas. It is the beginning of a new liturgical year, it ushers in many of its own unique traditions, and it is one we journey through with a steadily increasing sense of preparation and excitement.
Listers, His Beatitude, Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum in India and head of the Syro-Malankara Church is now the youngest member - at age 53 - of the College of Cardinals.
The story of Kateri, also known as “Lily of the Mohawks” and “Iroquois Virgin”, is intimately related to the history of the Jesuit mission among the Iroquois First Nation toward the end of the 17th century.
"And thus it can be understood that in the 19th century, when the incompatibility of modern reason and faith was strongly declared, Pope Leo XIII pointed to St Thomas as a guide in the dialogue between them."
One of the most misunderstood aspects of our Catholic faith is our fascination and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
"A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia."
The following works have been selected because they share the common theme of addressing Catholic political thought within the longstanding tradition of the Catholic Church. The works address what Spinoza entitled the theologico-political problem.
"In Aquino moreover, on that same day, again with reference to St Thomas, Paul VI said, "all of us who are faithful sons and daughters of the Church can and must be his disciples, at least to some extent!"